Guests and Timetable of Events

Hywel Morgan

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Hywel Morgan

Hywel first wet a line at just two and a half years of age and spent his yearly years fishing the Rivers Teifi and Ystwyth for wild brown trout and sea trout. Since then he has fished extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA.

Hywel started competing at local country fairs, then progressed to the CLA Game Fair where for three successive years he won every event. As a result he was asked not to compete any more so that others could have a chance of winning… and all this before he was sixteen years old. He then turned to the British Casting Association and started to compete at British, European and World casting championships.

Having been successful in the casting scene, Hywel decided to return to fishing. He has represted Wales on twelve occasions (and has been captain for his country three times).

Website: www.hywelmorgan.co.uk

Glenda Powell

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Glenda Powell

Glenda first entered the tuition field in her teens at various still-water trout fisheries in Northern Ireland. In 1993, at the age of 18 she moved to Scotland for three years, where she qualified with SANA (Scottish Anglers National Ass.) as both Salmon & Trout game angling instructor and fished in the Scottish Ladies International Fly-fishing Team.

Since 1997, she has been based at the Blackwater Lodge Salmon Fishery in Upper Ballyduff, County Waterford where she instructs and guides on the Blackwater Lodge Fishery.

In 2004, Glenda became (& indeed still is) the only female to attain the APGAI-Ireland Salmon qualification, followed by the Trout qualification in 2006 

In September, 2006 she became the Emerald World Masters Ladies Salmon Distance Casting Champion. In November 2006, she added the APGAI-Ireland Trout qualification

Glenda is planning to promote fly-fishing on a much broader basis to the younger generation with a programme based on the very successful Fishstart model developed in Scotland on the Tweed. This will be taken to schools and youth organisations. She has already developed and given the first performance of a drama aimed at primary level to familiarise infants with the life cycle of the salmon and the ecology of the river system. Website: www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net
Her adventures with the Loop team: http://looptackledesigneng.wordpress.com/

Tanya Morgan

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Tanya Morgan

Tanya is a regular visitor to the Ireland Angling Shows along with her father Hywel Morgan with their demonstrations at the casting pool.

Tanya first stepped onto a demonstration 2 years along with her father and big sister Yasmin, and since that day she has been demonstrating with her father all over the UK in Game and Country Fairs.

In 2019 Tanya was crowned Welsh Youth Champion at age 15. She is excited to be coming back over to Ireland and can’t wait to share her skills and enthusiasm with everybody

Jim Clohessy

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Jim Clohessy

Jim is primarily a sea angler and fishes mainly from boats. Lures, bait, from bass to sharks – Jim chases them all. With over thirty years of angling experience Jim has caught lots of quality fish. “Our sport is changing all the time, it is my aimm to keep up with the changes and bring the best of what is new to Irish anglers from an Irish perspective.”

Each year that Jim attends the Ireland Angling Show his talks and demonstrations are always well received, whatever the subject!

What will he be speaking about this year?
“The plan at the moment is to base a demo around lure fishing but you know yourself, whatever people ask on the day has to be covered too! Whatever happens we will have a craic doing it. I really look forward to the show weekend, people are interested and I love meeting up!” Jim will be at the show on both days, check the schedule for demo times. In the meantime you can keep up with Jim’s activities and articles on Facebook and on www.TopFisher.eu

Ken Whelan

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Ken Whelan

Ken runs his own fisheries consultancy.  He has been a keen angler since a very young age and has written extensively on angling topics. He has fished in many remote locations throughout the world: US, New Zealand, Chile, Canada and even the wild, untamed tundra of the Kola Peninsula and the exotic rivers of Mongolia. Ken has also produced, scripted and presented many films and videos on various aspects of Irish fisheries and angling. He is a regular radio contributor to Mooney Goes Wild on RTE.  Lucky to have weaved his hobby into his job, he is never quite sure whether he is working or enjoying himself!

Email:      ken.whelan@hotmail.com

Website: www.kenwhelan.info

Paul Procter

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Paul Procter

Angling journalist, AAPGAI Master and Vice President of the WTT, Paul Procter has over 40 years experience on rivers, stillwaters and latterly, tropical saltwater fishing.  A regular contributor to the UK’s premier publications Trout & Salmon, Trout Fisherman & Fieldsports Magazine, Paul joined Mackenzie DTX in March 2017.  One of his prime tasks has been the development of the ground breaking NX1 range of single handed rods, which have been well received.

A keen traveler, Paul will pass on his knowledge during his single handed demonstration using the NX1s at the Ireland Angling Show.  Along with the rest of the Mackenzie Team, he can found on Adaire Springs stand No. E19

 

Paul Young

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Paul Young

Fishing expert Paul Young has performed a juggling act between his high profile TV presenting and acting career for over two decades but having entered into semi-retirement in recent years he now has the luxary of choosing only jobs he’ll enjoy.

Paul began fishing when a relative took him to fish rivers in the Borders and he graduated to the Tweed and Tay and then world-wide. Fishing has taken Paul to many countries including South America as he accumulated material for Hooked on Scotland.

Paul’s affection for the sport has never left him and he still fishes, mainly at the Lake of Menteith near Stirling. He added: “Fishing was been really good to me and I am always keen to put something back into the sport.”

“Every fisher is different; some people want to catch big fish, others prefer small fish, some people want to wade around a Lough and others are keen on rivers – Ireland has something to suit all those tastes.”

Scott Mackenzie

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Scott MacKenzie

Scott is a 3 times World Spey casting champion and was team captain for the winning Scotland team at the Spey casting world championships in Ireland 2006. He has been a fully qualified casting instructor for over 10 years holding an Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors Certificate the UK’s highest level of casting instructor.

Fly Tiers

George Burdess

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George Burdess

Hi everyone!! I’m George Burdess and I’m 22 years old. I have been fly tying for 13 years and fly fishing for 15 years. I am a self-taught fly dresser and began when my uncle introduced me into fly fishing 15 years ago, two years after that I took up fly tying to which my uncle encouraged before passing away in 2009.

I began reading up a lot about fly tying and when the Irish fly fair started I began attending the show each year to which my fly tying blossomed. One of my mentors Stevie Munn who runs the Irish fly fair gave me the opportunity to give tying demos at the 2015 show which I attended. This was the start of what could only be described as the food to my hunger of fly tying.

Since then I have given fly tying demo at shows all over Ireland even tying at the British fly fair and International show 2018! I am a Pro Team member for Irish Fly Supplies as well as Deer Creek, an ambassador for the Wild-Society app, a journalist for The Countryman’s Weekly having my own segment called fly of the month and made my debut in the Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine Oct addition with my Iron Bru pattern.

My area of fly tying ranges from Irish Lough patterns, traditional wets, twisted traditionalist, emerges, lures and river patterns. I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Aidan Curran

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Aidan Curran 

I first started fishing at the age of 7 for flounder on the Shannon Estuary but it didn’t take me long to discover other species and other Angling disciplines.

These days I mainly only do fly fishing but still fish for all species using a fly rod. If a fish will take a bait it will take a “fly” of some description. Be it coarse, sea or game fish I chase them all with a fly rod and I tie flies that will deceive them.

Fly fishing and fly tying is my life, I’m totally addicted to them. I put a lot of thought into all my flies and I pride myself in tying good quality durable flies that catch fish.

I also drive a bus and assist disabled anglers for the Irish Wheelchair Association Fishing Club which is something I really enjoy doing.

I set up and run a couple of Facebook groups; Fly Fishing For Trout In Irish Rivers and Fly Fishing For Pike Ireland.

Wolly Ireland

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Wolly Ireland

My name is Walter Bayer (my friends call me Wolly), I was born in Nürnberg / Germany in January 1971.

I’m living since August 2006  with my wife and my three Kids in Ireland.

I picked up the fly fishing in May 2007 and the fly tying in December 2007 and since then I can’t get enough of it. I’m fishing the River Boyne around Trim / Ireland as a member of the club. Most time I’m out there for Brown Trout but I also got some nice Pike and Salmon.

I tied my first fly by using a self-made vise (brass-tube with screw to hold the hook) and using things I was able to find around and inside the house. I was studying plenty of websites, YouTube videos and also books to learn a lot about different techniques how to dress a fly and I’m still learning every day.

I’m also a member of the Boyne Valley Fishing Hub. Our aim is to get more youngsters interested into our sport and wildlife conservation. I’m holding fly tying classes for beginners/advanced within the Boyne Valley Fishing Hub.

January 2009 I found a very interesting article in one of my favorite magazines (which sadly went out of print in 2017) about a special way to tie dry flies. There are three crucial characteristics thereby, on the one hand you are not using a “standard” vise and on the other hand the fly is not tied around the hook shank, it’s tied “around” the strings of mono filament fishing line and the hook hangs freely mobile under the fly.

Advantage of this technology is a substantially thinner fly body and the hook swimming under the fly-body serves an unweighted fly-body and makes possible that the fly can follow the given current of water surface more simply in any way. There wasn’t enough information on it in this article so I had to find a way to learn this technique. Finally I got some information on different websites around the world. Combining all these information I found my own way to tie those flies. This technique is based on the technique of the Italiens, Valter and Ennio De Santis, better known as FACOCCHI-BROTHERS.

After 2 Years tying and trying these flies I got the balance and presentation right.

I have used those flies successfully on the river since and caught many nice Brown Trout. A few friends of mine have used these flies also very successfully on Stillwater as well as on rivers round the globe. I’m holding workshops for those who are interested to learn how to tie these fascinating flies.

I have been demonstrating this technique at different shows around Europe. I was also mentioned in Magazines and Books and finally got one fly sent to the Masters Fly Collection that’s bequeathed to the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum USA.

If I’m not behind the vise ore the loom in my free time you will find me in my workshop indulging my other hobby – the woodworking. I love to combine my two hobbies into one by creating fly tying stations, tools, displays, fly boxes and many more things we fly fishing and fly dressing people love to have.

contact :
 outlawflyfisher@gmail.com
Facebook:www.facebook.com/outlawflyfisher

Frank Moores

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Frank Moors

Frank has been tying flies since the age of sixteen, having started fishing at the age of ten. His early interest in coarse fishing slowly diminished and he became, almost exclusively, a chaser of fish on the fly.

By this time he was regularly visiting northern England and Welsh and Scottish rivers in pursuit of true wild fish.

Having developed his early tying skills by tying small batches of flies for local shops to help cover those early trips and tackle costs, he soon became known locally, in Cheshire, as an accomplished tyer of, in particular, salmon and sea trout flies. Also at this time he was actively working with the local Fly Dressers Guild and his tying skills were becoming more widely known.

He was soon invited to submit a number of magazine articles, introducing his Blue Alexandra variant, Jungle Cock Elver and the popular Nitro Shrimp – with the name Moors it had to be the Nitro! Frank continues to submit articles to the UK magazines.


Frank now ties regularly at the UK’s major Fly Fairs and has demonstrated his skills in Ireland and the Netherlands where his tube fly tying experience is much sought after.


Known particularly for his salmon and sea trout flies, he also ties great trout, grayling, pike and saltwater patterns and has a growing personal passion for tying classic salmon patterns.


Just recently Frank has taken the time to gain AAPGAI status at the Advanced level in Fly Tying.


After a very short time in Frank’s company you become aware of his relentless wit and humour but more importantly the simplicity of his approach to fly tying, which has been inspirational to many a beginner and advanced tyer.

Enrico Fantasia

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Enrico Fantasia

I used to play the French horn in the Fenice Orchestra before becoming a chef and running my own restaurant in Venice. Being life always unpredictable, I’m now a wine merchant in Dublin and travel the world working as a private chef to Hollywood stars and European Royals.  

I tried fly fishing on a balmy Spring Sunday of many years ago and I was instantly hooked (and way before I hooked anything else…) and tying my own flies came as a natural succession. I like tying forgotten traditional Irish patterns, as well as experimenting with new design and materials.

I’m also pro team for Semperfli, Ahrex and SwissCDC

Email: grapecircusflies@gmail.com

Alex Zannin

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Alex Zannin

I was born in a little town in the North-East of Italy, called Feltre.

Feltre is situated at the feet of the Alps, a beautiful place to fish, with plenty of lakes, rivers and mountain streams nearby. Life in such a stunning place is the main reason why I started fishing with my dad when I was a child. I still remember how I was happy to dig in the garden to find worms.

Thanks to a friend, around ten years ago, I got into the fantastic world of fly-fishing, and it was love at first sight. Straight away, I began to study insects and tie my firsts flies. The most productive way to catch trout and graylings from spring to autumn was with nymphs and some little streamers.

 

In 2016 I moved to Galway, where I still live. Here I started to fish with wet flies for massive wild browns and big streamers for pikes in the Corrib, an astonishing lough for fish.

I look forward to meeting you at the Ireland Angling Expo 2020 with other tiers.

See you there